New Vaginal Penetration Rule Makes Doctors Uneasy

Former USC gynecologist George Tyndall — who was accused of sexual abuse and harassment by hundreds of women last year — was arrested following an 18-month investigation. Source: NY Post; Image, USC

“I trusted my doctor, and now, years later, I’m dealing with the consequences of that.”

New rule covers “any treatment involving vaginal or anal penetration”

By Anna Almendrala, Aug. 23, 2019

California Healthline – Daniella didn’t know what to expect from her first pelvic exam in 2016.

The University of Southern California sophomore, then 19, was startled when her doctor examined her vagina for several minutes without gloves, but assumed it was standard procedure.

It wasn’t until two years later, when she read about Dr. George Tyndall’s alleged sexual abuse against USC students, that she realized she may have been sexually violated by him as well.

Driven by stories like Daniella’s, California Assembly members Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) and Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach) have proposed a bill to require doctors to give first-time pelvic exam patients a pamphlet about how the exams are supposed to be conducted, and a phone number should they want to report misconduct to the state medical board.

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Doctors would face a fine if they did not collect a patient’s signature confirming they received the pamphlet.

Daniella said a pamphlet would have helped her immensely.

“It would give people an answer about what’s right or wrong,” she said. “I trusted my doctor, and now, years later, I’m dealing with the consequences of that.”

Legislators in Michigan proposed similar legislation last year in response to the scandal involving Dr. Larry Nassar, the former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics team physician who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting minors and possession of child pornography. Nassar had sexually abused hundreds of young women and girls under the guise that he was performing physical therapy.

The bill, which failed, would have created a standardized consent form for guardians, outlining basics such as the use of gloves, before a minor could undergo any treatment involving vaginal or anal penetration … Read more.